Sept. 21: Islamic contributions to Western civilization

By Emma Epperly, Undergraduate Education

charles-wellerPULLMAN, Wash. – A free, public lecture about Islamic contributions to Western civilization will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Todd Hall 216 at Washington State University.

I-Am-Malala-BookCharles Weller, WSU clinical assistant professor of history, will discuss how the historical interdependence of people and culture promotes mutual understanding, peace and cooperation. This view suggests a fundamental redefining of “the West” and “Islam” and their relation to one another in historical and contemporary contexts.

Fluent in Kazakh, the language of Kazakhstan, Weller joined the WSU faculty in 2011. He is a nonresidential visiting researcher at the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University through 2017.

Part of the WSU common reading program (, the talk is co-hosted with the History Club. The common reading book, “I Am Malala,” recounts the young Pakistani author’s personal, near-fatal encounter with the Taliban.
Karen Weathermon, WSU common reading, 509-335-5488,
Emma Epperly, WSU Undergraduate Education communications, 509-335-9458,